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Sat. Traitor, if Rome have law, or we have
power, Thou and thy faction shall repent this rape.
Bas. Rape, call you it, my lord, to seize my own, My true betrothed love, and now my wife ? 411 But let the laws of Rome determine all; Mean while I am possest of that is mine.
Sat. 'Tis good, sir : You are very short with us; But, if we live, we'll be as sharp with you.
Bas. My lord, what I have done, as best I may, Answer I must, and shall do with my life. Only thus much I give your grace to know,By all the duties which I owe to Rome, This noble gentleman, lord Titus here,
420 Is in opinion, and in honour, wrong'd; That, in the rescue of Lavinia, With his own hand did slay his youngest son, In zeal to you, and highly mov'd to wrath To be control'd in that he frankly gave : Receive him then to favour, Saturnine; That hath express'd himself, in all his deeds, A father, and a friend, to thee, and Rome.
Tit. Prince Bassianus, leave to plead my deeds ; 'Tis thou, and those, that have dishonour'd me : 430 Rome and the righteous heavens be my judge, How I have lov'd and honour'd Saturnine !
Tam. My worthy lord, if ever Tamora Were gracious in those princely eyes of thine, Then hear me speak, indifferently for all ; And at my suit, sweet, pardon what is past.
Sat. What, madam! be dishonour'd openly,
Sat. Rise, Titus, rise; my emperess hath prevaild.
Tit. I thank your majesty, and her, my lord. These words, these looks, infuse new life in me.
Tam. Titus, I am incorporate in Rome, A Roman now adopted happily, And must advise the emperor for his good. This day all quarrels die, Andronicus;- 470 And let it be mine honour, good my lord, That I have reconcil'd your friends and you.For you, prince Bassianus, I have past My word and promise to the emperor, That
will be more mild and tractable.And fear not, lords, and you, Lavinia;By my advice, all humbled on your knees, You shall ask pardon of his majesty. Luc. We do ;. and vow to heaven, and to his high
Mar. That on mine honour here I do protest.
Sat. Marcus, for thy sake, and thy brother's here, And at my lovely Tamora's entreats, I do remit these young men's heinous faults.
490 Lavinia, though you left me like a churly
I found a friend ; and sure as death I swore,
Tit. To-morrow, an it please your majesty,
AEt II. SCENE 1.
Before the Palace. Enter AARON alone,
And mount her pitch; whom thou in triumph long
Enter CHIRON, and DEMETRIUS, braving. Dem. Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit wants
edge, And manners, to intrude where I am grac'd; And may, for aught thou know'st, affected be.
Chi. Demetrius, thou dost over.ween in all; And so in this, to bear me down with braves. 30 'Tis not the difference of a year, or two, Makes me less gracious, or thee more fortunate : I am as able, and as fit, as thou, To serve, and to deserve my mistress' grace; And that my sword upon thee shall approve, And plead my passions for Lavinia's love.
Aar. Clubs, clubs !—These lovers will not keep
Dem. Why, boy, although our mother, unadvis'd, Gave you a dancing rapier by your side,